Walking down the street, Jesus saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked, “Rabbi, who sinned: this man or his parents, causing him to be born blind?” John 9:1-2 (MSG)
I sat in the eye doctor’s chair. My pupils dilated; the room a blur. The blurry image of the eye doctor explained to me the entire geography of my retina. The blur talked with me about my far-sightedness and the reason for my eyestrain and headaches. He talked for 5 minutes. Then the blur handed me my glasses. I put them on and the room popped into focus. I looked at the doctor, no longer blurry, and told him he would have to repeat everything he just said. He chuckled. I was serious. My entire “focus” was on trying to get my eyes to focus and I didn’t really hear a word he said.
I can’t imagine being blind.
The main character in this passage had never seen anything, blurry or otherwise. He was born blind. For some reason, this case seems more hopeless. This man was blind by nature. He was born blind.
Jesus saw him. Don’t miss that, it’s easy to read over that subtle detail.
Jesus’ followers tried to ask a profound question, which was actually silly, since I doubt the man sinned much before he was born. Jesus redirected their thoughts. Jesus was not interested in placing blame. He saw this as an opportunity to display God’s greatness.
Jesus made a spit-mud paste and put it on the man’s eyes. That’s weird. Once you’re more than 4 years old, spit is not an effective treatment for anything. Then Jesus told the man to go wash in a specific pool. Just like that, the blind man could see.
People in the town noticed. The man who was blind certainly noticed. Some of town’s people tried to explain it away as a case of mistaken identity. The blind man assured the crowds it was he.
He could see. Jesus changed his life.
How’s your sight?
Everyone is born blind. Each person is born into the darkness of sin. A hopeless state indeed—born without the hope of sight, in utter darkness.
It’s a good thing Jesus can see! When Jesus sees one in the hopeless darkness of sin, His reaction is not one of blame. It’s one of compassion. The soul in darkness is the one Jesus came to save.
Jesus’ response to those in darkness? It’s not typical. Unlike the followers who were trying to find someone to blame so they could feel just a little bit better, Jesus did something weird. He died on the cross. Usually the innocent don’t die in place of the guilty. Making the innocent die to satisfy the penalty of another’s guilt doesn’t seem right. Still, Jesus gave up His perfect sinless life to pay the price for all those in the darkness of sin.
Wait, you don’t have your sight just yet!
The fact that Jesus died on the cross is only the beginning. There is one thing you must do, accept the gift of salvation that Jesus’ life purchased. Admit you’re in the darkness. Accept the gift of grace you don’t deserve. Be washed in God’s loving forgiveness.
That is sight! That’s grace and forgiveness.
Jesus has a way of changing your life; others my try to explain away the change. You’ll know—you’ve seen The Savior.
Father, thank You for sending the light of Your Son into our darkness. Thank you for giving me the gift of grace and forgiveness and healing my blindness. Help me today, tell others of the light Jesus shines into the dark world filled with sin.
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